Edward Kienholz "Roxy's", 1960-1961
The Collection assembled by Reinhard Onnasch (Görlitz, Germany, 1939) consists of over one thousand pieces (paintings, sculptures and installations) that chart an unusual route through the history of the art produced between the fifties and the present. The collection is an unusual one because Onnasch has always felt a predilection for artists who work on the fringes of the dominant trends; because his interest has been in artistic singularities rather than movements; and because his activities as a gallery owner have led him to purchase art that is not intended to decorate the walls in his house, but to fill museum galleries.
Onnasch began his collection in 1968 when he opened his first gallery in Berlin, which would later be followed by one Cologne and another in New York.
The Onnasch Collection was the first major international exhibition of the German collector’s works. It brought together some 170 pieces by 59 artists, which basically fall into Abstract Expressionism, American Pop Art, new European Realism, Minimalism and Conceptual Art, although the showcase overstepped these stylistic and chronological boundaries.
Visitors were able to see works by Carl Andre, George Brecht, Dan Flavin, Raymond Hains, Duane Hanson, Hans Hofmann, On Kawara, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Motherwell, Richard Serra, Clyfford Still, Jacques Villeglé, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann, as well as two striking installations by Edward Kienholz and Jason Rhoades.